Barynya Balalaika Musical Duo

Date: July 20, 2016
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM


Barynya Balalaika Musical Duo

The Barynya Balalaika Duo program includes Dancing Bear Mascot, Ukrainian, Gypsy, Jewish, Russian music
and dance, live music performed on accordion-garmoshka, guitar and
balalaika, singing, dancing, and several costume changes (Jewish, Gypsy,Ukrainian, and Russian).

Balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina was born in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), Russia. Elina Karokhina served in the Russian Army in the
Military Ensemble in the Northwest Order of Red Stars. As a balalaika soloist Elina has toured all over the world. When she moved to the United States in 2009 she was hired as a musicialdirector and soloist with the biggest professional Russian music, song and dance ensemble,
Barynya, based in New York.

Mikhail Smirnov was born in Moscow, Russia in 1966. He has been in the business of Russian folk dance and music for more than 25 years. Mikhail is an artistic director and founder of ensemble Barynya, based in New York City, author of many articles about traditional Russian dance, music and instruments in English and Russian. Barynya were featured on national TV, NBC's "SUPERSTARS OF DANCE" breathtaking
international dance competition led by executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Simon Fuller (American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance). Mikhail Smirnov was one of eight judges to decide which country would win.

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